Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Best of Intentions

We recently put a thread up on the KnitPro Ravelry group asking for all your New Year’s resolutions and we have had lots of posts.  Resolutions are often more stick than carrot but the ideas you all put forward are very inspirational.  Let’s face it anything that involves more knitting or crochet, whether it is learning a new technique, finishing off a queue of WIPs or knitting for others, is something that gets our vote!

Here’s what you told us – we hope it gives you some inspiration:

Mine is that I’m only allowed a new start when I completely finish something - have 8 knitting WIPs (and rather a lot of cross stitch ones). Bought loads more wool which turned up yesterday, but I’ve put it out of sight so I’m not tempted. 

To learn to crochet, so many beautiful patterns are available, I look at them with crochet envy!

Knit more worry less.

I WILL finish a PAIR of socks this year instead of just the usual one sock! I’m thinking crochet would be faster so I’ve less time to get bored or I might knit both socks at once the way I do with sleeves because I get bored knitting those too.
I have to create something awesome each month!! I normally go through projects without any particular idea in mind. But for this year I really want to make a great year by creating a great something each month!!
I have several different throws part knitted. My New Year’s resolution is to finish them.

I hope to knit from my Ravelry library more and finally get to some of the patterns I have always wanted to knit but put off for a future date. 

ENJOY ALL of my sock knitting. No more getting frustrated with my own stupid mistakes, tinking and frogging are just an inevitable part of my knitting - treat it as such.

I don’t make resolutions that way I don’t feel guilty if I break them, I am trying to knit more though as I have way more projects lined up to last beyond my lifetime.

This year I want to knit a pair of socks. I’ve done a lot of looking at socks, watching sock tutorials, and reading sock patterns…. but I have yet to cast on.

Teach my 5-year-old granddaughter to knit or crochet - she is left handed and I’m not sure how to go about it
I have quite a few knitting requests of hats and socks, this year I would like to be able to work my way through that list and have a gift box ready for anyone I know who is in need of a hat or pair of socks. 

I am a chronic non-finisher of things. 
I made a promise to myself when I started knitting last year, that I would finish my current project before starting a new one.
If you have any resolutions please do post them on our Ravelry group.  If you do this before the end of January you might win a prize.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

How To Care For Your Needles And Hooks

Our recent blog post introduced you to our extensive range of knitting needles.  Now we would like to help you care for the needles you have in your collection. Whether you have chosen wooden, metal, carbon fibre or acrylic needles, a little attention will make sure they give you hours of knitting pleasure for many years.

The tip is the most important part of the needle – it impacts on each stitch you work. We always advise our customers to do the best they can to protect the tips of all their needles, particularly those that already have stitches on them.  Our needle point protectors come in pairs and in two sizes for small or larger needles.  Simply slip one on each point when you have finished for the day.

For DPNs we recommend our special DPN tube.  Not only does it protect your valuable needles, especially in the smaller sizes but it also holds your project ready for you to start knitting again. Made from recycled acid-free paper each tube extends to make room for needles of different sizes.  They come in packs of three for those of us that have lots of projects on the go.

What about the needles, or indeed crochet hooks you aren’t using?  We have a wonderful range of clutches and totes to help you keep your idle needles in fine fettle. Our collections are named after the rivers Danube, Volga and Rhine and are made from premium faux leather. We are particular fans of the interchangeable cases that are intelligently designed to accommodate your collection in a handy size for knitters on the go.    

Finally, here are our tips for day-to-day needle and hook maintenance.

  • We strongly recommend that you do not use our needles for anything other than knitting.  
  • If you need to clean your needles, wipe them with a clean muslin, paper towel or microfiber cloth. 
  • If you have interchangeable needles or Tunisian hooks only use the key provided to fasten/unfasten them from the cables.  
  • When not using your interchangeables unfasten them and store the tips and cable. 
  • Karbonz needles should be stored away from direct heat or sunlight. 
  • Wooden and bamboo hooks and needles get naturally moisturised by the oils in the wool yarn and your hands, thus becoming smoother with every use. However, it is a good idea to clean and moisturise your wooden needles a couple of times in a year. For this, clean your needles with a clean, dry muslin or paper towel, then apply a very thin layer of natural bee’s wax. Allow it to dry and then buff it with soft muslin or chamois cloth and leave for at least 24 hours before using them for knitting.  

Whether your collection of KnitPro needles is large or small we hope that you’ll find these tips and suggestions useful. If you have any questions or feedback, please write to our experts at support@knitpro.eu .